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Password Guidance

Staff & Students are advised to change their passwords regularly for security reasons.

This can be done by logging on to a University Computer and then pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and clicking on Change Password.

It must meet the following:

  • 8 characters in length
  • NOT contain any personal details
  • MUST contain at least three out of the following four:
    • Uppercase letters 
    • Lowercase letters
    • Numbers
    • Non-Alphanumeric characters (!"£$%^&*)


  • Avoid common words and number combinations (e.g. "password"; "1234")
  • Replace characters with similar characters (e.g. o and 0; 5 and S)
  • Make passwords easy to remember by using the following:
    • Create an acronym
    • Use a memorable phrase 
    • Use multiple common but unrelated words